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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
Mississippi State is a highly rated public university located in Mississippi. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 16,803 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Mississippi State acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Business. Graduating 58% of students, Mississippi State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,400.
Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762
About Mississippi State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference

Mississippi State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
57%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1070-1330
ACT Range
22-29
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$16,670/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,265/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.125 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.143 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.143 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
16,803Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,509
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 103 responses
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  • We are all different in our own ways.
    34%
  • Friendly
    21%
  • Diverse with MSU pride
    17%
  • Unique and caring
    9%
  • Outgoing
    7%
  • Country
    6%
  • Greek.
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.162 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.191 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 107 responses
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  • Hail State!
    65%
  • All of the above!
    16%
  • People's University
    11%
  • StarkVegas
    5%
  • Underrated
    2%
  • Home away from home
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
58%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.95 responses
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Being a student at Mississippi State has been a great adventure! I am an out-of-state student and traveling far from home can have its rough moments; however, Mississippi State was quick to make me feel at home and a part of a group! I was quickly involved in sports and different organizations that helped me meet some of my best friends today. Mississippi State has taught me the importance of going to class, using resources around me, and trying my hardest in any situation. One thing that I would change at Mississippi State University is the attitude of certain majors. Often times, certain majors get praised for being a higher raised income in the future; whereas, in lower income majors, they are often mocked and looked down on and not taken care of through the students and the building.
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Mississippi State has become my home away from home very quickly. I am from Las Vegas and I was scared about the transition since I was going from a big city to a small town quite quick. I was happy to learn that people from the south are very friendly and open to friendships! The staff here are super helpful and always willing to help. Before I came here, I called and asked questions and I was greeted with a great attitude and happiness that they could help. The professors here are extremely great at what they do and are clear on their office hours and what it takes to succeed in their classes. The campus is beautiful and the best part for me is that there are cats here and there but the vet program takes care of all of them. It helps me because I left my kitten at home to come here. Mississippi State is a great school to transition to from highschool.
My experience at Mississippi State University has been completely amazing! I have been visiting campus since I was young, because both of my parents are Alum. They always tell me about how much they loved going to school there, so I have included it in my college search. When I went on my first official visit, I fell in love. I knew that Mississippi State is where I wanted to attend college. It had such a 'homey' feel to it, I could picture myself living there. All of the staff and students there were so welcoming and kind. The campus was ABSOLUTELY beautiful! I am so excited to attend MSU!